Common name, stonecrop
Sedum are succulent-leaved plants with large flat flowerheads. Their leaves often have a bluey-grey tint to them, and are attractively fleshy, the flowerheads are shaped like umbrellas. Each flower has a papery case around it, giving an interesting texture to the flowerhead.
Native to Asia, they have been cultivated in the UK since 1596, originally for their healing properties rather than their ornamental value.
Shades of pinky-brown, with light green stems; and there is a rarer purply-brown form with brown stems.
June to October
The variety shown here is Sedum spectabile which means "worth seeing". Gardeners may be familiar with relatives of this plant, Sedum flowers naturally towards the end of the year, providing a month's worth of welcome colour in grey autumn months.
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